Cherry Blossom Festival:
Over three thousand cherry blossom trees line the tidal basin. Under one hundred fifty original trees are left from the gift from Japan back in 1912. Great care is taken to preserve these trees and our symbol of springtime in the Metro Area. Dead branches the size of match sticks are carefully trimmed each year. Remember look but do not touch. You can receive a fine for touching any part of the trees.
The Cherry Blossom Festival runs now through April 14th. At this writing the peak bloom has been pushed back to April 3rd - 6th. This is actually about average. The earliest peak bloom was March 15th in 1990 and the latest was April 18th in 1958. The average peak bloom is April 4th. It is going to turn even colder tomorrow and remain cold to chilly the rest of the month. Only record breaking cold would damage the blossoms and we do not see that. Even we if see some flakes early Thursday or over the weekend that will not hurt the blossoms. The cherry blossom's main enemy is wind once they are in bloom. Here are some of my favorite activities during the festival. All of the activities listed below are free. There is a ton from which to choose for the whole family.
Fly a Kite, Kids Workshop: The Corcoran Gallery of Art: (Fee: $ 16 for museum members, $ 20 non members)
Date: Mar 23, 2013
Time: 10 am - Noon
Location: Corcoran Gallery of Art, 500 17th street., NW
Kites of Asia Family Day: Air and Space Museum (Free)
Date: Mar 23, 2013
Time: 10 AM - 3 PM
Location: 600 Independence Avenue, SW
Date: April 6, 2013
Time: 8:30 PM - 9:00 PM
Location: Water Front Park, 600 Water Street, SW
Fifteenth Annual; Cherry Blossom Freedom Walk
Presented by National Japanese American Memorial Foundation, short non-competitive walk honors sacrifices of Japanese-American citizens during Second World War.
Date: Apr 06, 2013
Time: 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Location: National Japanese American Memorial - D Street & New Jersey Avenue, NW